Every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development counts the number of homeless veterans nationally. The tally also helps identify the number of veterans without permanent housing.
On a single night last January, 40,000 vets were counted.
“Well it’s unacceptable," David Shulkin of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs said. "We don’t think that any veteran should be without a home. So that’s what we’re doing out here, to make sure that we end veteran homelessness.”
Shulkin helped with the late-night count this week and got to meet Army vet Chasu Koker.
“I’m going through so much right now, I just prayed for divine intervention," Koker said. "And we walked right into each other.”
Shulkin offered her immediate housing and gave her a challenge coin, something she hasn’t received in years.
“I never thought I’d get another coin after I got out but I got another one," Koker said.
See the full report of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shulkin getting a first-hand look at the problem of veteran homelessness in the video above.